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"Happy" Pork Chops
(Chuletas Contentas)

Happy Pork Chops

A traditional Mexican dish, with ingredients common in everyone's pantry. Serve with corn tortillas.


  • 6 pork blade steaks, (1/2-3/4-inch thick), seasoned with salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons corn oil OR olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 small white onion, chopped
  • 2 cups uncooked rice
  • 4 plum tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 medium jalapeno chiles, minced
  • 1 cup beer or water
  • 2 cups chicken broth, or water
  • Fresh cilantro, chopped


  1. Heat oil in large skillet; add pork. Sear pork on both sides on medium-high heat just until brown, about 1 minutes on each side.
  2. Remove from skillet and cover loosely with foil.
  3. Add garlic and onions to skillet. Cook and stir until tender, about 2 minutes, scraping up brown bits from bottom of skillet.
  4. Add rice, stirring constantly until rice just begins to brown, about 3 to 4 minutes.
  5. Add tomatoes, jalapeño chiles, beer and broth or water. Bring to boil; cover. Reduce heat to medium low and simmer 10 minutes.
  6. Place pork on top of rice; cover. Simmer for 8 or 9 minutes until internal temperature on a thermometer reads 160 degrees F.
  7. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving. Sprinkle with chopped cilantro if desired.

15 min prep | 25 min cook | Makes 6 servings

Chicken broth or water may be substituted for the beer in this recipe. If using water only, additional salt and pepper may be needed.

Nutrition: Calories: 590 calories Protein: 30 grams Fat: 24 grams Sodium: 570 milligrams Cholesterol: 94 milligrams Saturated Fat: 7 grams Carbohydrates: 59 grams Fiber: 1 grams

Recipe and photo credit (used with permission): National Pork Board -

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